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." gayle king is off. pope benedict is resigning in just a few hours. he's stepping down with promises to obey his successor. >> the pope met once last time with the college of cardinals one of those men will be the next leader of 1.2 billion roman catholics. allen pizzey is in vatican city to begin our coverage of the pope benedict's farewell. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. by the time evening begins to fall over rome benedict will be looking down at the vatican from a helicopter. three hours later he will no longer be pope and the politicking to find the new one can begin in earnest. in one of his final acts inside the vatican, pope benedict said good-bye to the cardinals. 67 of whole he had elevated to their position as the prince of the church. addressing what he called the future pope among you, benedict programs ed promised his unconditional reverence and obedience, among those making the list although a long shot is u.s. cardinal timothy dolan. in an interview cardinal dolan reflected on what kind of man will emerge as pope. >> all the other things
for son tiff kit of pope benedict xvi. then around 2:00 he will catch a flight to rome where he will take part in selecting the next pope. pope benedict held his final sunday blessing this morning. he will only have one scheduled appearance before he retires on thursday. this all comes as the italian media now reporting a whirlwind of controversy surrounding his historic resignation. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi praying with cardinals. outside that spiritual haven a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call quote defamatory false reports. >> it is deplorable as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscious and before god to freely indicate their choice that there be a wide spread distribution of often unverifiable or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers have suggested a secret dossier prepared by the pope and three cardinals. the report lists a series of scandals involving sex, money, and power. and suggesting a shadowy gay lobby. the content
the world. pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. he says because of his advanced age. he's no longer able to handle the demands of being pope. the last pope to resign was way back in 1415, i will have much more of what happens next. and what is ahead for the catholic church. >>> and former navy s.e.a.l. who reportedly fired the shot that killed osama bin laden, he says he has no pension, no medical insurance, according to an article in esquire magazine, the man known only as the soter packed a train to protect his family from al qaeda terrorists seeking revenge. i will talk with investigative reporter who talked to that navy s.e.a.l. in a few minutes. and the u.s. coast guard coming down to the rescue to help a cruise strip stranded in the gulf of mexico. more than 4200 passengers and crew all stuck on a carnival cruise line try ump that is getting as can you imagine a little funky, a little uncomfortable. a woman on board tells us that the toilets not working any more. a fire broke out on the ship yesterday, and was headed back to texas. that ship will be towed to the ne
learn today that the outgoing pope benedict will be called -- what he will be called after he is pope and what life will be like for him, because afr all, remember, an abdicating pope is all new territory for the catholic church. nbc's anne thompson remains at the vatican for us tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. they are already closing off the streets around st. peter's square in anticipation of the huge crowds for pope benedict's final audience tomorrow. the cardinals who will elect his successor have started to arrive, including controversial american cardinal roger mahoney, who is here despite calls for him to stay home because of his role in shielding sexually abusive priests in los angeles. these final days for benedict have been very difficult. he's seen a cardinal forced to resign, intense speculation over an internal investigation into leaked documents. but today the news was all about his new life. in retirement, he will be called pope emeritus. he will still wear white, just a simple cap and not the cape we're used to seeing. his red shoes will
worth $48,000. >> ben tracy, thanks. >>> pope benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his decision to retire. this morning the pope changed the conclave rules allowing the cardinals to hold the conclave earlier than normal. and there is news surrounding one of the cardinals who was set to help pick benedict's successor. alan pizzey is in have the can city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican and the conclave. cardinal keith o'brien of scotland announced he was resigning and would not take part in the conclave to announce benedict's successor. he was accused of what's called inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the major issue of choosing pope benedict's successor. that brings the number of voting cardinals down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it. in his words, in a
leaders say those increases are unacceptable. >>> pope benedict has three more days as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a service in a packed st. peters square. he will officially step down at 8:00 p.m. on thursday. pope benedict resigns amid rumors of a sex scandal, such as gay priests being blackmailed. >>> the end of the castro era in cuba, in sight. raul castro says he plans on stepping down in 2018, which is the end of his second term. fidel castro's 81-year-old brother made the announcement sunday, shortly after the country's national assembly elected him to a second five-year term. as for a possible successor? raul castro says cuba's first vice president, miguel diaz, is part of a new generation that will provide the future leadership of that country. >>> high school administrators in grant forks, north dakota, are investigating a shocking incident. three students showed up for a state hockey tournament on friday, wearing ku klux klan-style hoods. a photo of the three was posted to twitter. generated a lot of outrage. school officials have contacted the paren
. nancy, thanks, as always. >> you bet, brian. >>> overseas now. six days from now pope benedict will step down. then it will be time for the cardinals to elect a new pope, and some american cardinals who will be heading to the conclave suddenly find themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. nbc's anne thompson with us tonight, once again from the vatican with this story. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. as pope benedict finishes his lenten retreat, the vatican is preparing for this historic transition. with many questions, such as who will lead the church, far from answered. a week before pope benedict retires, and there is still no clear front-runner to succeed him. however, there is a long shot. new york's cardinal timothy dolan. >> i'll do anything to get you guys in church. >> reporter: praised in catholic circles for his persona. his efforts to revitalize the church and fighting the obama administration's contraception coverage mandate. but this week, dolan was deposed about how he dealt with abusive priests as archbishop of milwaukee. what impact is
. that burst into flames. one one >> pope benedict the sixteenth led his final sunday prayer as pontiff this morning. tens of thousands came to st. peter's square to hear the pope's sermon, and to pray with him. on thursday, benedict becomes the first pope tobut he says he's not abandoning the church. instead, the 85-year-old will spend his days praying in a vatican city monastery. though he has cited age as the reason for his retirement, an italian newspaper suggests something more controversial: they say a network of gay priests at the vatican is being blackmaled by male prostitutes. >> a los angeles cardinal who will help elect the next pope is being questioned about pedophile priests during his time as the city's archbishop. church documents suggest cardinal roger mahony knew priests were sexually abusing children. but went out of his way to protect the priests from prosecution. mahony spent several hours in a deposition on saturday, answering questions about the sex abuse scandal. a petition effort is underway to keep mahony from being allowed to vote for the next pope. >> san fran
benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his position to retire and there's news this morning surrounding one of the cardinals who helped pick benedict's successor and the pope has changed the conclave rules to hold the conclave earlier than normal. allen pizzey is in vatican city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican city and the conclave. it was announced he was resigning and would not take part. cardinal o'brien is the focus of atense because he's been accused of inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the conclave to choose pope benedict's successor. that brings the number down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. certainly the scandal that keeps erupting would tax the strength of any 85-year-old. even before ben dig
lenten prayer. benedict's hearing has deteriorated. he appeared to have even gone blind in his left eye. his body is so thin, tailors had a hard time with his clothing. a reporter said he's never seen the pope so exhausted looking. >>> there are new details about friday's meteor strike in central russia. scientists are confirming the first fragments have been located. found near a hole in a frozen lake where a big chunk landed. some so-called meteor piece, with no proof they're the real deal, have appeared on ebay. >>> now to the immigration reform. republicans and democrats alike are predicting president obama would fail if he pushes forward with his own plan. illegal immigrants would be able to get a green card in eight years. top republican law maikers don't like that. >> by giving advantage for those who cut in line ahead of those coming here legally, he's looking for a partisan advantage. >> the white house says the president would push his own plan only if lawmakers can't get the job done. >>> police tape where one woman was murdered in chicago. six others wounded. this woman's si
, soledad. breaking news as pope benedict xvi entering his final days as leader of the catholic church, britain's top cardinal, keith o'brien stepping down. this following accusations that o'brien abused young men studying for the priest hood and amid italian media reports that the pope is stepping down due to a vatican involving priests and male prostitutes. becky anderson is live with more. good morning, becky. >> they say a week is a long time in politics, but an hour is a long time in politic there. there is a news briefing going on for journalists as we speak. i'll get you as many of the lines out of that as i can. bombshells coming sort of right, left and scepter this morning out of vatican. let's start with that breaking news on the top brit tissue cardinal. cardinal keith o'brien who has resigned. the pop has declared that today. we are told he talked about his resignation to the pope back in november. he was of ailing health and at 75 he thought he should go. but his resignation hasn't been announced, nor was it going to be until his birthdate on march 15th. as of today, the t
state of the union address. >>> vatican intrigue, is there more to pope benedict's sudden decision to step down? and who might replace him? is there any chance the next pope could be an american? we're live in vatican city with new details. >>> and nightmare, passengers on a cruise chip stranded in the gulf of mexico say conditions are getting worse and there's word this morning that their journey will be even longer "today," tuesday, february 12th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. important news breaking overnight. u.n. security council is going to hold an emergency meeting this morning to address north korea's overnight nuclear test. >> this is north korea's third nuclear test, but the first under its new leader, kim jong un. we'll have a live report from the pentagon straight ahead. >>> a big development in the story we've been following, two men now charged in connection wit
and the final days of pope benedict's rule. this morning the vatican says he has accepted the resignation of scotland's archbishop. cardinal keith o'brien has been dogged by accusations he abused four men in the 1980s, all of those men studying to become priest. this as pope benedict delivered his final public prayer ceremony and accusation that a scandal may have prompted the first papal resignation in 600 years. cnn's ben wedeman looks at the explosive claims thundering through the vatican. >> reporter: reports broke in two leading italian publications suggests his reason for resigning was far more explosive. shock at the discovery of a network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. according to the reports, the results of an investigation by three cardinals assigned to look into wrongdoing at the vatican were submitted to pope benedict on december 17th last year. the report suggests that serious improprieties within the vatican amounted to violations of sixth and seventh commandments, thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not commit adultery. pope ben
, the vatican announces what could be the first change once pope benedict xv steps down. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ woman ] looks like another glorious week in florida. ♪ ♪ that...was...awesome. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] how do you make your family vacation this epic? go to visitflorida.com. quakes in the coming days, the world will focus on the vatican. >> the preparations for the conclave are already under way. suzanne kennedy joins us to tell us about the preparations. >> these are the final days the archbishop will be in washington, d.c. he is spending them in prayer and reflection. he offers praise as he celebrates one of his last masses before leaving for the vatican. today, the archbishop of marked the feast of st. peter at the cathedral of saint matthew. during his homily, the cardinal reflected on the shock many catholics experienced when they learned pope benedict xvi was stepping down. >> we are able to recognize that our holy father's action speaks to us of his greatness. >> this is the first time in modern history a pope has resigned. it is also the first time the cardi
attorney maintains that he's innocent. >>> pope benedict gave his final sunday blessing in st. peter's square before abdicating friday. he's not abandoning the church but will serve it in a way that's more supportable for his age and strength. >>> business news. the dow opens the week at 14,000 after closing 119 points friday. the s&p 500 rose 13. >>> overseas markets also saw gains. the nikkei gained 277. the nikkei is at 53-month high. the japanese government plans to n nominate him to head the committee. >>> earnings for lowe before the bell. after today's bell caesar's will weigh in its quarterly report card. >>> we'll see how hertz is farg. >>> keep an eye on yum brands. they're going to crack down on quality control. the company said that china sales which account 40% of its bottom line could drop 25% this quarter. department chains macy's and jcpenney will duke it out over who has the right to martha stewart. >>> and talk about a good value. oscar nominee helen hunt proudly wore a classic navy strapless gown from h&m on the red carpet last night. that said, she did accessoriz
turned out to the oscar party. in downtown san rafael, sergio quintana, abc news. >> pope benedict gave his blessing in vatican city as the rumors swirled over his sudden resignation. >> the pope gave thanks to the crowd of 100,000 in saint peter's square. on thursday pope benedict will become the first to resign in 600 years. he will live in a monistary. the pontif is stepping down because of a sex and blackmail scandal that is about to be made public. a man connected to the catholic church's sex scandal is on his way to rome to help pick the successor. cardinal roger mahoney tweeted he will keep followers informed of the proceedings. this morning mahoney spent hours being deposed on a sex abuse alaskan del that -- on a sex abuse scandal on his watch. he has apologized for his actions. >>> a reward has been set up for a missing bay area couple traveling in peru. abc7 news reporter lilian kim with more on that story. >> it has been a month since thib has heard from them. and the co-workers are now taking action. they set up a reward fund that has grown to $3,000 for information leading
on the first appearance from pope benedict xvi since his announcement that he's stepping down at the end of the month. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. this is ash wednesday. it's usually a somber day in the catholic church. there's a celebratory air here in vatican city as the pope begins what some are calling his farewell tour. this morning, the public getting its first chance to express their appreciation for pope benedict since announcing his abdication. with the end of his papacy days away. a church famous for its rituals, vatican officials are working without a script as benedict moves into retirement. what are you going to call pope benedict once he steps down? >> i don't think he will be the pope emeritus. one of his other titles is the bishop of rome. he will probably be the americas bishop of rome. >> reporter: showed a flare for fashion, earning the nickname the prada pope. this monastery is being renovated for pope benedict. it will have a library for the scholarly man and his cats will accompany him. no word yet on whether there will be a piano as well.
." this week marks pope benedict's last as head of the catholic church. benedict gave his final sunday blessing to a crowd of 100,000 faithful followers yesterday in st. peter's square, telling them he is not abandoning the church and that he will continue to serve god. meanwhile, cardinal keith o'brien, the head of the church in scotland, has announced that he is stepping down amid accusations of inappropriate and intimate behavior with current and former priests. the pope has reportedly accepted cardinal o'brien's resignation. >> god, mike, i tell you what. whoever the next pope is, they need to go on an all-out hunt. just no matter how ugly it gets. that actually could have been pope benedict's grand legacy over seven years. >> and it's not going to be. >> it's not going to be. >> no. they need to open the windows of the vatican. they need to let a cleansing ear come through, they need to clean out a lot of things. they need to be much more open about the vatican bank and the finances of the vatican and the conduct and behavior of priests and higher ranking members of the hierarchy. >> if th
and we're just getting started here on this monday morning. pope benedict xvi making more changes to the vatican rules. why this is so significant and why he is stepping down. a little more information on that as well. bill: look at the drama in these images here. a dangerous crash over the weekend in daytona. a car flying, a wheel actually flying into the stand, injurying fans, some critically. we have a live update how they're doing. martha: we have a child involved there. we'll tell you the latest. president obama turning to the states for support to put the country back on track. >> i'm looking for good partners because while nobody in this room sees eye-to-eye on everything, we know that when we work together democrats and republicans, north, south, east and west, we can accomplish so much more than we can on our own. and we got onesies. sometimes miracles get messy. so we use tide free. no perfumes or dyes for her delicate skin. brad. not it. not it. just kidding. that's our tide. what's yours? . ... at tyco integrated security, we consider ourselves business optimizers. how
by as much as 30%. >>> also a new controversy as pope benedict gets ready to retire this week. it centers on the college of cardinals that will choose his successor. we're live with that story coming up. did you know not all fiber is the same? citrucel is different- it's the only fiber for regularity that won't cause excess gas. it's gentle and clinically proven to help restore and maintain regularity. look for citrucel today. it's gentle and clinically proven to help restore and madad: you excitedy. for youyeah.st day? ♪ dad: you'll be fine, ok? girl: ok. dad: you look so pretty. ♪ i'm overprotective. that's why i got a subaru. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. jenna: brand new stories coming up next hour including this one. bp on trial with opening statements today in the lawsuit stemming from that horrible gulf oil spill. billions of dollars in penalties now on the line. we're live at the federal courthouse with the latest on this. >>> plus we have another case we're keeping an eye on. jodi arias is back on the stand today in her capital murder trial facing a very intense c
to the headlines coming in right now on the pope. we just learned that benedict will be called emeritus pope and will wear white after he steps down next week. his retirement this week is being clouded by scandal, as there are more calls to stop an american cardinal from participating in the election of the next pope. abc's david wright is in rome right now with the very latest. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. there's never before been a precedent for a cardinal stepping aside because of a scandal. now there is. that make it uncomfortable for other cardinals tainted by scandals. among them, roger mahoney, who, for years, covered up for pedophile priests. for 24 hours, britain's cardinal keith o'brien has holed up in this home in scotland. >> the holy father accepted the resignation of cardinal o'brien. >> reporter: on sunday, a british newspaper reported he sexually harassed four seminarians in the 1980s. while o'brien insists the presence were false, his presence at the conclave would be a distraction. there's another scandal, one that is demonstrably true, that a
benedict xvi saying goodbye to cardinals before going off to retirement. he said he would pray for them as they choose his successor. about 11 a.m. eastern time benedict will fly to the papal retreat. he becomes the first pope in nearly 600 years to retire. >> very sad news, a tv news anchor woman is -- no, good news. safe at home. at 5 a.m. she was still missing. after a safe missing person scare, family members of paula lopez contacted police when they couldn't get in touch with her and became increasingly concerned. it is believed they found her later that night. she works at the station keyt in santa barbara, california. >> he jeopardized men and women fighting overseas. in a few hours he will break had i silence on why he did. he's going to tell a judge it was to spark a debate on our military policy. he is facing 22 charges including aiding the enemy and could receive life behind bars. >> remember that las vegas bash held by the g.s.a. that cost you more than $800,000? it was only the tip of the iceberg. a congressional report shows taxpayers paid $340 million for nearly 900 confe
are facing pressure and criticism for alleged cases of sexual abuse. all that comes as pope benedict gets ready to resign on thursday. an estimated 100,000 people were at the vatican for benedict's final appearance is scheduled for wednesday to general audience. >>> the pope might be aging, but he's not as old as this guy. he's 101 years old. we're telling you about him only because he's finally hanging up his competitive running shoes at 101. >> remarkable. he's known as the world's oldest marathoner. yesterday he finished the last ten kilometers of the marathon in hong kong. as far as competing, he says it's time to retire, but he adds he might run again to raise money for charities. he's 101 years old. >> and by the way, he only took up running when he was 89 years old as a way to overcome the death of his wife and son, which happened in quick succession. a runner? >> i'll treadmill at the gym, but that's about it. >> congratulations at doing that at 101, things i can don't at 32. >> makes me think there might be a marathon in my future. >> when you turn 89. >> i'll wait until i'm 89.
... [ giggling ] >>> an estimated >>> an estimated 100,000 people turned out for pope benedict's final sunday blessing. he spoke to the crowd from his apartment overlooking st. peter's square, and he said he's retiring to spend his final years in prayer. the 85-year-old pontiff has one more public appearance on wednesday. and then on thursday he steps down. >>> in cuba, the rule of the castro brothers, which began in 1959, now has an end date. raul castro says he will step down as president in 2018. the 81-year-old said someday this will be his final five-year term. he also said he hopes to establish term limits and age caps for political office. miguel diaz canal was named his vice president and will most likely replace castro when he retires. >>> and the older brother of olympic star oscar pistorius is now facing his own homicide charges. carl pistorius facing a 2008 road accident where a woman was killed. the charges were dropped and reinstated. his brother oscar was released on bail friday. he's accused of killing his girlfriend on valentine's day. >>> on the "cbs
to rome to see pope benedict xvi. he gave his final blessing on a sunday to a massive crowd at the vatican. he will make his final public pier rance wednesday and official stlips down thursday. the cardinals will decide when to begin the conclave. archbishop washington will help choose the new hope but he doubts it will be an american. >> i don't think it will be who is supposed to be reminding them the responsibility to build peace. >> they hope to have the new hope in place by holy week. >> jimmy johnson does it again at daytona. >> the daytona 500 goes to jimmy johnson five time champion from california. >> congrats to him. johnson starting the season with his second win at daytona. he is the 10th driver to do that. the first women winning the poll for daytona that is the highest finish ever for a woman. that's your 5 at 5:00. >> heather is the new car racing expert around here. >> the area hit by a blizzard while many are recovering a record breaking snowstorm. they are expected to drop another foot of snow on areas stretching from texas to kansas. big concern the road conditions. mari
the vatican's plans to elect a new pope in the wake of pope benedict's surprise decision to retire at the end of the month. rich richard engel is live in the vatican city. >> reporter: it's an act of humility and encourage to make way for a younger man. 24 hours later there's still shock in the vatican city. >> shocked. disappointed. sad. >> reporter: this morning roman catholics, tourists, even some church officials wondered if this can be a moment to revitalize the church after pope benedict xvi's unexpected decision to step down. >> personally i didn't agree with a lot of the things he believed and prepared. >> this will bring change for the church. >> reporter: in making his announcement the 85-year-old pontiff who has been looking frail asked for forgiveness. i have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the min nus stri entrusted to me he told a gathering of cardinals in latin saying his advanced age forced the decision. just hours later these images circulated around the world. these are unusual times for the vatican. the last time a pope abdicated under similar circumstances
of benedict's papacy, while scandal and intrigue engulf some of the men who will choose the next pope. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. italian newspapers headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemently denies. american cardinal roger mahony has ignored calls to stay home from a conclthat chooses the next pope because of his role protecting abusive priests. scottish cardinal keith o'brien, who commented on mahony's situation last week. >> someone has erred and we have anoth another. >> reporter: today cardinal o'brien resigned after being accused by three priests and former priest of inappropriate behavior going back to the 1980s. ugly headlines that one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics, but other parts of it are the long delayed, reckoning with problems that require facing and correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many of the faithful weary. >> i'm a true believer and i hope that catholics will get a better name these days.
. pope benedict's successor, anne thompson is there with more. good morning, anne. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. the conclave to elect pope benedict's successor is scheduled to begin between march 15th and march 20g9, but there is talk it could be moved up because the karmds who will elect the new pope are coming here to rome to say good-bye to pope benedict february 28th. we should hear some word perhaps this week. asked who will succeed pope benedict the pope himself yesterday set off a flurry of speculation at his weekly blessing when he addressed the crowd in spanish, he asked them to pay praise for himself and the future pope. some wondered was he sending a secret signal that he would prefer to see a pope from latin america? i spoke to a vatican spokesman who said there was no secret signal, just the pope offering a prayer. >> anne thompson, thank you. >> nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is in port st. lucie, traveling with the president. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. president obama heads home later today after a weekend of golf, includin
're going to begin with pope benedict speaking publicly for the first time since he announced he will step down this month because of declining health. this morning, it appears the pope is trying to quiet any and all conspiracy theories. let's get right now to abc's dan harris at the vatican. good morning, dan. >> reporter: josh, good morning. the pope received an extended standing ovation, was even interrupted a few times by cheers. some people had tears in their eyes. benedict appeared gratified by all the well-wishes. he thanked people for their prayers during these days he said had been hard for him. he said he was stepping down for the good of the church. and i was struck by that he was doing this of his own free will. the vatican clearly concerned about conspiracy theories that the pope is stepping down because of intrigue. >> quieting concerns for now. thank you, dan. >>> now to the latest on that carnival cruise ship stranded in the gulf of mexico. its power knocked out by fire. and this morning, the ship with some 4,200 people onboard is finally making its way to port. but conditi
who would give the benediction. now she would be touting her herpompoms for "lincoln." now we need clinton at the golden globe. michelle obama at the oscars. come back oprah. >> john: it was good to see rush limbaugh's head explode when she gave an award that gave jimmy carter the heroes. >> i think she would have prefer preferred zero dark "zero dark thirty." >> john: if his the president gave the order and his wife gave the award. some would have cried. thank you so much for being on the show. my panel of none experts joins me next to talk about the jokes and michelle obama's shoulders coming right up. >> john: we just heard from critics about the oscars. now let's hear what the comics have to say. joining me are my panel of non-experts. politico median scott blakeman. musical comedian katie goodman. and comedian and author lee camp whose new "moment of clarity" web show can be seen at youtube.com slash moment of clarity show. i love all of your work, you're all very funny and i would say that even if i hadn't done an off-broadway show with you. what is your view of the oscars.
of pope benedict xvi a week after his announced resignation. according to a report in "focus," the pope appeared to be blind in one eye and is losing his hearing. benedict cited his poor health and decision to resign. february 28th will be his last day as pope. >>> driver danica patrick wins the pole position for the daytona 500. that makes her the first woman to start the legendary race. she told don lemon she loves the idea of going beyond racing in general. >> one of the coolest things is to be able to think that parents and their kids are having that conversation at home about it, and to, you know, i heard stories about a kid, a boy or girl, saying, but, mommy, daddy, that's a girl that's out there racing. and then they can have that conversation to say, you can do anything you want to do, and gender doesn't matter. your passion is what matter s. and that's cool. >> patrick won the pole position by going more than 196 miles per hour. the daytona 500 is this sunday. >>> meteor hunteres say this moment could mean big bucks for them. a sonic boom as a meteor shatters, sending fragments
. >>> so one week from today, the roman catholic church will be without a pope. pope benedict xvi is resigning. cnn's brian todd is here in "the situation room" with more. so what happens in the interim. he resigns before a new pope is elected? >> that's right. the game of who's in charge and who's next is in full swing. the vatican is being opaque right now but we do know of some key players to watch. it's palace intrigue in overdrive with benedict xvi leaving, who will take over the vatican until a new pope is elected? an administrator that deals with fi n fi nans, portrayed as an evil master power broker. in real life, the title is held by a powerful position of secretary of state who in the vatican is like a prime minister. experts say don't get the idea that bertoni is the face of a legend. >> he's not the best organizer? >> no. the joke in rome is he couldn't organize a one-man band. >> michael shawn winters says bertoni was damaged in the scandal when mismanaged and corruption was leaked. despite his current status, he has no shot of becoming pope. analysts say he's also a
on the way to see pope benedict the 16th. sunday he gave his final blessing to a massive crowd. he'll make a final appearance wednesday and officially step down thursday. then the cardinal will decide when to pick the next pope. >> i don't think it will be seen as a very good thing if the pope who is supposed to be reminding them of their responsibilities to build peace. >>gretchen: the vatican plans to have the new pope in place by holy week. hamid karzai kicking troops out of a crucial region. he ordered special forces to leave the province outside kabul in two weeks over abuse claims. afghan security officials claim afghan troops are harassing, torturing and killing innocent people in villages. karzai demands the u.s. hands over individuals involved. the u.s. is investigating the claims. >> jimmy johnson does it again at daytona. >> the daytona 500 goes to jimmy johnson, five-time champion. >>gretchen: johnson starting the season with his second win at daytona, the tenth driver to do that. danica patrick, the first woman to win, finished eighth. saturday's crash still on everyone's mind
of work for pope benedict. the has pledged quote unconditional reverence and oh beadance. he gave an unexpected speech today, in which he encouraged the cardinals to work together harmoniously. the cardinals will meet monday. the pope leaves the palace for the last time as pope at 5:00 tonight at 8:00 pm he is officially retired. we'll be back after the break. you're going to want to stay with us. it's a pretty, little town, with an ugly reputation. >> you just google harrison, what will come up is the klan. i'm all for that. >> the kkk doesn't speak for us at all. it speaks against god. (vo) which side will win the soul of harrison? >> we're never gonna move. they think this world isn't big enough for the both of them. but we assure you - it is. bites. little greatness. when many soles pass through the most trodden areas of your home your vacuum doesn't always pick up what's left behind. only the resolve easy clean system has foam power to stop dirt in its tracks. it penetrates deep within your carpet removing 3 times more dirt than vacuuming alone. leaving the bu
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